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Hotel Review: A Boutique Gem in the Heart of Bangkok’s Shopping District – The Bangkok Venice Suite

April 13, 2016
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The Bangkok Venice Suite is one of the most conveniently located hotels right smack in the centre of the Bangkok shopping district, accessible to famous shopping haunts like Pratunam Fashion Mall, Pratunam Market, Siam Paragon and Central World. As the name of the hotel goes, it is coined The Bangkok Venice due to its close proximity with a river canal (which was once Bangkok’s traditional waterways) located right behind the hotel. Almost like the ones in Venice where transport is mostly linked through various waterways, the hotel is situated on one of the last few remaining original canals – the Sansab canal. Quite a historic location, but rest assured the 46-rooms boutique hotel is fully furnished with modern demands.

Hotel Lobby

Hotel Lobby

The hotel’s overall exterior and lobby area is extremely inviting, with full flushed windows for guests to peer in from the outside. The hotel is artistically designed, clad with a range of contemporary furniture giving it a chic and stylish look– perfect for that #OOTD shots if you must. There is also a modern chandelier with glass globe crystal balls hanging in different sizes and lengths right at the centre of the lobby, quite a grand sight to see in this boutique hotel.

We were greeted by the friendly manager who gave us a thorough explanation on the surroundings of the hotel. A smooth check-in process with standard concierge services are always a plus for every hotel – and The Bangkok Venice Suite does this effectively.

Double Room

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Presenting our cosy room with cute origami elephant towels on our beds! The room is simple and spaciously fitted with a springy queen-sized bed on hardwood floors and orange tinted lighting. There is also a lounge couch by the window side overlooking the river canal.

Each room is equipped with all accessed free Wi-Fi/broadband internet, multi-lingual satellite TV on LCD screens, standard bar-sized fridge and hot water flask with coffee/tea sachets. Not forgetting the in-room personal electronic safety box hidden in the cupboards. The hotel also provides laundry services (charges apply) and daily housekeeping should you require them!

There are ample electrical outlets available in the room with at least 4 sockets. Be sure to bring your own power plugs as hotels in Thailand uses a different one from Singapore, or simply request to borrow one from the reception. More information of the power plugs here.

The bathroom is configured quite simple, complete with the basic bath and toilet amenities. The sink however is located separately from the bathroom, which means you have to walk out to access the sink.

SanSab Lakeside Food & Bar housed in the hotel makes for a nice place for guests to indulge in homely-styled dishes.

A Homely Breakfast Spread


Breakfast at The Bangkok Venice Suite is served daily at the hotel’s dining restaurant, the Sansab Lakeside Food and Bar. They offer 3 homely breakfast options to choose from, 2 Continental choices (toast, ham, egg, sausages, or a Salad set) or the Asian set. Breakfast also includes a free flow of toasts, spreads and cereal.

I recommend trying their Thai Milk and Green Tea, one of the best I’ve ever tasted in Bangkok.

Overall, the boutique hotel The Bangkok Venice Suite is a fine gem in the heart of the Bangkok shopping district, and is a recommended place to stay if you’re looking for a convenient location accessible to many areas. Noise level in the evenings around the hotel is almost zero so you can be assured of a good night’s sleep. What’s more the eateries, shopping and bars nearby are a must to explore if you’re keen to soak in the local Thai delights.

Also, don’t forget to visit some of these must try food places located conveniently around the hotel!

1. Thai Style Chicken Rice

Thai Style Chicken Rice Stall

From The Bangkok Venice Suite, walk towards the Platinum Fashion Mall and in less than 5 minutes you’ll come across a row of Chicken Rice stalls, differentiated by the colours of their uniform. Our recommendation is to try the one in Pink (pretty popular with the locals and they are always packed with customers).

2. Mango Sticky Rice and Pad Thai Street Stalls

Mango Sticky Rice Street Stall

Pad Thai Street Stall

You can find these vendors along the same street and row of Chicken Rice stalls. These vendors are there daily till 1am, and they serve up a mean serving of authentic Thai street food like Pad Thai, Oyster Omelette and Mango Sticky Rice. The mango sticky rice here is our personal favourite, even after comparing with many other places in Bangkok.

A sumptuous supper to end one of our nights in Bangkok

3. Big C Supermarket

Located directly opposite Central World, the Big C Supermarket is the ideal place to shop for your holiday necessities, groceries or simply if you’re looking to try a unique snack from Thailand! Read more of what to buy in our 8 Must Buys in Big C Bangkok here.

4. Shopping areas – Platinum Fashion Mall, Central World, Pratunam Market, MBK.
True to its name of the shopping district, you’ll definitely be spoilt for choice here. If time is a limiting factor, we recommend just heading to Platinum Fashion Mall in the morning, and then skip off to Pratunam Market in the afternoon and round your shopping with the bustling night markets in the area.

Mont Nom Sod

If you happen to be in MBK for some shopping, be sure to drop by this iconic local coffeehouse/cafe. Mont Nom Sod is a cafe which specialises in toasts and it is situated on level 2 of MBK Center. A simple place which offers two kinds of bread, the toasted bread slices topped with a choice of spread (Coconut Custard, Condensed Milk, Chocolate and Taro etc) and their soft steamed bread with a choice of dip (coconut custard or chocolate dip).

5. Night Markets

Night markets like these are aplenty in the Pratunam district, and just within walking distance from The Bangkok Venice Suite hotel. We recommend to keep a little more for your night shopping as the goods here are fairly cheaper and reliable. Some notable ones are the night market located at the foot of The Berkeley Hotel, directly opposite the row of Chicken Rice Stalls, or you can find a row of stalls set up along the side roads towards Big C / Central World, or in the opposite direction towards Baiyoke Sky Hotel.

6. Food Trucks

There are many food trucks lined up just outside Platinum Fashion Mall, and these food trucks serves up an array of interesting and unique snacks! There are also a few seating areas available for customers, good for if you’re taking a break from all that shopping. Our favourite not to be missed is Demi Concept which sells very Instagram-worthy and delicious Japanese soft serve cone. If you’re looking for other Instagram-worthy food in Bangkok, read our list of top 8 cafes to visit with Instagram-worthy items, here.

A safe time to visit the food trucks would be by noon, as some would have just opened if you’re here early.

 

7. Sabx 2 Wanton Noodles
If you’re shopping at Platinum Fashion Mall and you’re getting peckish, we recommend heading to the Sabx2 Wanton Noodles located at Pratunam, Soi Petchburi 19. Just 5 minutes walking distance from Platinum Mall, the shop serves very flavourful Wanton Noodles quite different from the ones in Singapore. They also have their Braised Pork Trotters if you’re keen to try!

The Bangkok Venice Suite
Address:
1054/10-13 New Petchburi Rd., Ratchatevee, Bangkok 10400 (Map)
Contact Number: +66(2) 655-3565
Email: contact@bangkokvenice.com
Website: http://www.bangkokvenice.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/The-Bangkok-Venice-Suite/

Article by Keith and Xue Wei
Photos by Xue Wei

* This was a media invite and is written in collaboration with The Bangkok Venice Suite.

With lots of love,
Xue Wei
Instagram: @anaffairwithfood
Facebook: An Affair With Food

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A foodie at heart, Xue Wei’s passion for food and travel translates to her daily snippets of her affairs on her blog and Instagram. A quality that’s reflected in features like her ‘Best Matcha-places to go’ and ‘16 Must Eat Taiwan Food’ in collection, where she hunts out the best hits in all of the places she’s been to. When she isn’t chasing her love for food and adventure, she enjoys photography, travelling, volunteering and spending quality time with her family.

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Xue Wei

A foodie at heart, Xue Wei’s passion for food and travel translates to her daily snippets of her affairs on her Blog and Instagram. She enjoys quality family time and hopes to fulfill her dream to travel around the world with her loved ones.
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